Factors Which Commonly Cause Poor Results
Our goal is to help you succeed with your wildflower project. The first step to your success is purchasing the highest quality seeds available on the market from a good source. Customers all over the world have grown beautiful stands of wildflowers using high quality seeds. Because some customers occasionally run into difficulty with their wildflower success, we have outlined their most common mistakes below:
- Impatience. -"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Improper site evaluation-good drainage is a must!
- Deep soil preparation greater than one inch in depth will unleash dormant weed seeds that will compete with your wildflowers.
- Covering the seed too deep beneath the soil surface. Remember: simply rolling or walking over a newly planted area will achieve proper seed/soil contact and aid in germination.
- Trying to cover a large area with a small amount of seed. Recommended seeding rates listed in the catalog are important.
- Planting at the wrong time of year.
- Unsuitable site conditions for the variety being planted. A plant requiring full sun and well-drained soils will not prosper in an area that is partially shaded with heavy clay soils.
- Not enough sunlight. Unless indicated, your flowers will require a minimum of eight hours of direct sunlight per day.
- Inadequate rainfall after seed germination. The area should not be allowed to become completely dry. Supplemental watering may be required to sustain plant life.
- Extreme weather conditions: hail, drought, excessive rainfall, floods, unseasonably cold temperatures.